Author Archive | Scott Tipton

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More Fun than Avengers Should Be Allowed to Have

Editor’s Note: To commemorate the completely unexpected return of David Letterman to television on his new Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, we’re going to look back at Dave’s one and only comics appearance: Emotions are running a little high at COMICS 101 HQ these days, as we count down the days until […]

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They Came From Inner Space, Part II

Previously, in COMICS 101: When last we met, we’d been discussing Marvel’s adaptation of Mego’s cult-classic toyline the Micronauts, as realized on the page by writer (and Rocket Raccoon creator) Bill Mantlo and artist Michael Golden. We’ve just been introduced to the Micronauts: stellar explorer and man out of time Commander Arcturus Rann, royal princess […]

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They Came From Inner Space

I’ve been thinking a lot about Bill Mantlo in recent days, the amazing cinematic success being enjoyed by his creation Rocket Raccoon, and the tragedy of Mantlo’s own medical condition. Mostly, though, I’ve been thinking about what a great writer Bill Mantlo was. Which made me want to go back and re-present this look at […]

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The Christmas We Get We Deserve

EDITOR’S NOTE: Yes, we know Christmas was two days ago, but if Disneyland can have Christmas decorations up until January, than why can’t we? And let’s celebrate by running one of my favorite COMICS 101 columns of all time, a Column from Christmas Past from 2003. After all, to quote Crow T. Robot, “There’s no […]

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Christmas Morn

My family was never particularly religious. I don’t ever remember a time we all went to a church. There were various books of worship in the house, but it was always left up to us if we wanted to read them. But we loved Christmas. In the days leading up to Christmas, the gifts would […]

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December Is Elseworlds Month!

All this month, we’ve been looking at Elseworlds, What-If’s and other alternate reality stories here at BLASTOFF, and our Artist-in-Residence Elena Casagrande brings us this awesome banner showing off some of our favorites. Happy Holidays!

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Lit by the Tree

Every year, the Christmas tree would be different. One year, it would be the classic red and silver glass spheres. The next, scores of wooden ornaments, lovingly accumulated over decades. The next, dozens and dozens of crystal bells, painstakingly hand-stitched together for months in advance of the big debut. And every year, it would be […]

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I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie

A couple of beautiful new coffee-table books arrived here at COMICS 101 HQ in recent weeks, both certainly worth a closer look at, especially with Christmas so close and many of you undoubtedly searching for some gifts for the nerdy among your shopping list. First up is Celebrating Snoopy, a gorgeous slipcased deluxe hardcover from […]

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In Focus: Going to the Chapel (Again)

We’ve had some fun here at Comics 101 in the past with Lois Lane’s propensity to marry, particularly in the 1960s, when it seemed like Lois was walking down the aisle every other month. In fact, we’ve had so much fun with it that we decided to specialize this year at Comic-Con, seeing how many […]

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They Can Be Heroes

It’s not much of a secret how much I disliked the recent DC films’ take on both Superman and Batman, both of which seemed to be obsessed with deconstructing the characters to the point that they were just unrecognizable, but without providing any real insight in return. Thanks to MAN OF STEEL and DAWN OF […]

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We Gather Together

Maybe I’m just getting sentimental in my old age, but I do have a soft spot for Thanksgiving. However, comics and Thanksgiving don’t really cross paths all that often, with one glaring exception: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! As far back as 1940 there’s been the occasional bit of superhero visibility at the parade, thanks […]

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Cap Flies Air Gangster

I love comics. And specifically, I love old comics. And even more specifically, I love old comics I’ve never read before, because you absolutely never know what you’re gonna find. Case in point: this year at the San Diego Comic Con, I found myself trying to put together a full set of Jack Kirby’s 1970s […]

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And I Feel Fine

THOR: RAGNAROK treads a very thin line. It’s really funny; probably laugh for laugh the funniest of all the Marvel films, including James Gunn’s masterful GUARDIANS offerings and Peyton Reed’s ANT-MAN, which featured no small comedy cred with its screenplay from Adam McKay and Paul Rudd. And yet, in terms of scale and of stakes, […]

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Welcoming the Future, Treasuring the Past.